Opioids and Knee Replacement (Merlin’s Story Part III)

Merlin’s Story Part III. Opioids and Knee Replacement. Effective pain management is the first layer of building that trust relationship that allows the patient to be an active partner in their own healing from the inception. Sound feedback from a coherent patient i.e. one with minimal pain, allows ease of communication for each layer in the patient care chain to meet and ultimately anticipate patient needs.

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Preparing for Knee Surgery (Merlin’s Story Part II)

We need to pay attention to the culture of the practice and go with our gut. A really good surgeon is not only a skilled professional, but one who puts the patient first. This means that the people who surround him/her will operate within the general mind-set that patient-care is the sole purpose of the practice. We can expect a warm, welcoming, concerned group of people who are happy to meet our needs.

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Challenging Knee Replacement & Recovery (Merlin’s Story Part I)

My name is Merlin and I am a Management Consultant to the small business sector. I live in a small town in Western Maryland and have managed arthritis in the right knee for about 25 years and the left knee for about 15. I finally had a right knee replacement after several months of debilitating pain that severely curtailed my daily activities. I am a mother of 5 children and grandmother of 7, the youngest of which was born last Summer here in Maryland.

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